According to an article published today in Digital Journal, The New York Times reported the lawsuit will be filed by the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) who has pushed the United Nations to acknowledge some accountability for the cholera epidemic that has killed more than 8,300 people and sickened more than 650,000 since it began in 2010. The lawsuit will be filed in New York City due to it being home to the United Nations headquarters and the home of a large population of Haitian expatriates according to an IJDH spokeswoman.
Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, rejected requests to compensate victims and their families, citing a treaty that gives the UN immunity. Attorneys for the epidemic victims allege that the UN knew or should have known that their Nepalese peacekeepers had been infected with cholera and had spread the disease in Haiti through careless sewage disposal, resulting in the cholera epidemic.
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